A very familiar face returns to the Octagon this weekend for the first time in over a year.
Conor McGregor is back and his bout against Dustin Poirier headlines Saturday’s UFC 257 from Fight Island. This is McGregor’s first fight since beating Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone 40 seconds in by TKO at UFC 246 on Jan. 18, 2020.
This is not the first time that McGregor and Poirier have squared off, as the two were also on the main card of UFC 178 back in Sept. 2014. McGregor knocked out Poirier then in the first round.
William Hill has the odds up for all 12 UFC 257 matches. McGregor is currently priced at -320 on the moneyline, with the underdog Poirier listed at +260. The total has been set at 2.5 rounds, while the under favored at -185 and the over at +165.
“We opened McGregor at -240 and now he’s up to -320,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “It’s because all the reports are glowing that he’s in a good place. I guess he’s in great shape and that he’s focused. [UFC President] Dana White is raving about him, and he’s fighting three fights this year. Everyone has been getting the same positive information, so they bet him up to -320.”
The only bigger favorites compared to McGregor on the entire UFC 257 card are Movsar Evloev at -475 vs. Nik Lentz and Khalil Rountree Jr. at -330 against Marcin Prachnio.
For the headliner, though, William Hill bettors are siding with the heavy chalk. McGregor has attracted 59% of the total number of tickets and 87% of the total dollars wagered among all moneyline bets in his fight against Poirier. That is highlighted by one Nevada bettor who placed $10,000 on McGregor -275 for a total potential payout of $13,635.40, the largest wager at William Hill thus far on the UFC 257 main event.
William Hill bettors are more divided on the total number of rounds. While the over has brought in 60% of the total number of tickets, the under has captured 67% of the total dollars wagered.
Check out William Hill’s latest odds for every UFC 257 fight below.